Here is a good pre-meeting checklist (scientifically validated to improve your outcomes) to help you plan your visits with your psychiatrists, doctors and therapists - before your meeting. Share with your friends or other people you think have mental health concerns:
Two-Way Communication Checklist (2-COM)
We have details about this here:
This European study used the Two-Way Communication Checklist (2-COM), which is a questionnaire that was developed with the aim of improving communication between patient (who suffers from mental illness) and professionals. The 2-COM is a simple list of 20 common problems, or areas of perceived need that might be experienced by those with severe mental illness.
The list includes problems with housing, relationships, money, lack of activities, psychological distress, sexuality, symptoms and treatment side-effects. In the study, patients are provided with the 2-COM prior to seeing their doctor and given simple instructions to help with its completion, guided on indicating which of the 20 problems apply to them and highlighting things they would like to discuss with their doctor during their clinic appointment.
The authors report that using a completed checklist to guide discussion during the clinical interview extends the appointment by an average of 13 min.